William "Bill" E. Plant


February 16, 1950 ~ August 29, 2022

Born in: Burlington, Vermont
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

William “Bill” Eugene Plant, 72, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022 at Mission Hospital.

Mr. Plant was born in Burlington, Vermont to the late Howard and Mary Corinne Plant.

Bill was a kind and gentle man and loved to tell jokes. He was a Lieutenant Commander with the Navy serving from 1977 to 1983 and fought during Operation Desert Storm. Bill graduated from Southern Illinois University and the Physicians Assistant (PA) program at Bowman Gray Medical School at Wake Forest. He worked as a PA for the Swannanoa Medical Clinic and would always go the extra mile for his patients often visiting their homes. He loved to golf and he loved his family dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Jorissen Plant; three children, Christian Watson (Terri) Nathaniel Watson (Phyllis McNeice) and Jessica Woodbury (Lanny); seven grandchildren, Chelsea Watson, Elise Watson, Benjamin Watson, Clare Watson, Blake Watson, Malorie Woodbury and Hailey Woodbury; one great granddaughter, Josie Woodbury; three brothers, Howard Plant, Andrew Plant, Edward Plant and one sister, Mary Lou Plant.

A memorial service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

The family will receive visitors following the funeral service at their home from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project; www.woundedwarriorproject.org


Graveside Service: September 6, 2022 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Anne,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Bill. He was such a good friend who went above and beyond to help everyone. His sense of humor and caring ways will be remembered always. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Janet Jarvis

  2. Hello Anne,
    I’ve worked with you as the Biltmore person at the Visitors Center. I am very sorry for your loss. Bill, you and your family are in my prayers.
    Kathleen O’Connor

  3. Dear Anne,
    I am so sorry for your loss, and am sending condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear Bill.

    Randee Goodstadt
    (A-B Tech colleague)

  4. Jess! I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss!! I have such great memories of Bill. I remember he loved Jeopardy and was damn good at it! Anne and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers!! Love you!!

    Susan Hunt Haliq

  5. Praying for the Family and Friends, I served with Bill in the Navy Reserve in Asheville and also he was my doctor when I lived in Asheville. I am so sorry to hear this. R.I.P Bill

  6. Bill had the best patient rapor of any medical professional I know or worked with. His skills and knowledge were up to his best application. He was not afraid to consult others of specialty when needed. One of my best friends ever. Love you Bill!

  7. I served with Bill in the Naval Reserve for many years.. He was a friend to all who knew him. He was Mr. Nice guy and funny. Bless him and his family.

  8. I remember him at Milford High School, saddened to hear this. He was a really nice guy. His resume says it all. My condolences to his wife and family.

  9. He was always there for all of us. He was kind to all. When we were deployed he was our doctor. We called him doc plant.

  10. Thank you for everything Poppi. I will remember your jokes and all the amazing food you cooked. You were such a caring Grandfather and I will miss you so much.

  11. Remembering Bill and so thankful we could spend family time at Hilton Head and Avon; he truly loved deeply for those around him and was a source of joy and laughter!
    He certainly was generous to give toward
    his country, family, friends and patients.
    Praying for all his family.

  12. Joe remembers the many times they spent together as SeaBees. We will pray for the family during this difficult time.

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